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Basilian Built

The Basilian virtues of goodness, discipline, and knowledge  permeate every aspect of student life at Catholic Central. They are at the center of every activity, be it academic, athletic, or social.

From the short prayer and blessing that begins each school day to the annual spiritual retreat in which all students participate, students cultivate their faith on a daily basis. It is manifested in the daily Mass available every morning in our beautiful Chapel, every classroom, on every athletic field, and in the myriad student activities that are an integral part of the Catholic Central experience.
Regardless of religious affiliation, each CC student studies Catholic Theology every day, completes service hours, participates in a yearly retreat, and attends the all-school Masses that take place every month.
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Teach Me, Oh Lord. Make Me a Man of Catholic Central.


The Basilians are a teaching order founded in the early 19th century, in the aftermath of the French Revolution amidst heavy persecution against the Catholic Church.

The Congregation was founded by the First Ten Basilians: a group of unique men with varied interests, abilities, and callings who shared a fiercely strong faith and a steadfast determination to achieve their goals. Just as the personalities, interests, and strengths of the First Ten Basilians varied, so too are each of our Shamrocks unique. No matter a young man's passions, background, or skillsets, the only qualification to be a young man of Catholic Central is a desire to learn and grow in the core virtues of Catholic Central and the Basilian Fathers: Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge.

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Grounded in our Catholic tradition, Catholic Central has always been welcoming of other faith traditions. Our welcoming nature mirrors the outreach of our most recent Popes - St. John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis - as they unite all Christians of goodwill in their baptism. This unity also extends to our non-Christian students.

Our foundation in this Christian identity is found in the Vatican II document, Declaration of the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, which boldly states that the Church "regards with sincere reverence those ways that often reflect a ray of the Truth which enlightens all." As we are strong in our Catholic faith, we are proud to walk with all our brothers. 

all school mass in the gymnasium